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Situational Awareness

Maintaining situational awareness costs nothing; however, it is a worthwhile investment to bring in an outside expert to help you learn the basics.

ID Badges

In order to be sure that unauthorized visitors are immediately identifiable, your security team should create and implement an ID badge policy.

Clear Backpacks

The use of clear backpacks is a more recently proposed security tactic to decrease the probability of weapons entering a campus.

Practice for Emergency

In order for each individual to stay as safe as possible, the actions they take at this time need to be absolutely second nature.

Communication with Law Enforcement

There are a lot of good reasons to develop a good relationship with your local law enforcement authorities. With their expertise and experience, they are able to offer support and resources on many levels.

Having a Safety Plan

Every school has its own configuration, including the size, shape and location of the facilities, surrounding roads, infrastructure and other factors. For this reason, it is not possible to use a one-size-fits-all solution to create and maintain a secure environment on the school property.

Emergency Alert System

There are many notification solutions on the market, but they are not all equal. Be sure to compare features to ensure that you have the best possible communications during an actual emergency.


To help recognize when a prospective visitor is a threat, every school should create and maintain one or more watch lists of individuals who have been identified as having the potential to cause a disturbance or represent danger of any kind.

Doors Locked

Keeping classroom doors locked is certainly one of the most basic tactics that can be taken to help keep students and teachers safe.

Safety Plan Practice

Implementing your safety plan will necessitate training for staff members as well as students. This training should be repeated at least twice each school year to reinforce roles and responsibilities.